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Resisting MilitarismDirect Action and the Politics of Subversion$
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Chris Rossdale

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474443036

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443036.001.0001

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Agents of Security

Agents of Security

(p.82) Chapter 4 Agents of Security
Resisting Militarism

Chris Rossdale

Edinburgh University Press

This is the first of two chapters to reflect on how anti-militarists relate to the politics of security. This chapter begins by outlining the intimate relationships between militarism and security, before showing how Critical Security Studies has called for alternative/non-militarised practices of security. The second part of the chapter suggests that anti-militarist direct action could be read as an alternative, anti-hegemonic practice of security where, faced with indifferent or complicit states, activists seek to combat insecurity themselves. The third part of the chapter complicates this story, introducing three more vignettes to reflect on the ways that, even as they seek to ‘do’ security differently, activists remain entangled within hegemonic logics and practices.

Keywords:   Militarism, Anti-militarism, Security, Critical Security Studies, Direct Action, Agency

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